Pre European settlement
The land in which Myuna Farm is located on was originally a red gum forest and home to the Bunurong and Wurundjeri people.
The turn of the century
Myuna farm was part of Thomas Carroll’s 121 acre Estate. In 1932 Arch Mckinnon became the new owner of the farm and the current farmstead was built by the McKinnon family.
The Housing Commission purchased the land and developed the Doveton Eumemmerring estate for local workers from General Motors Holden, Heinz Foods and International Harvester Trucks. The present site of Myuna Farm was set aside to support the newly created local community. It offered approximately 50 acres of open space that provided horse and cattle agistment.
In 1982 the community farm was created. The initiative was driven by community requests and was supported by local councillors. Accordingly, ‘Myuna Community Farm’ was opened to the public in July 1984 by a friends group (called Friends of Myuna Farm). The passion for the project was reflected in the funding of a multipurpose pavilion by the Bicentennial Committee in 1988.
The early 1990’s
- In 1990 the then City of Berwick purchased Myuna Farm in order to help retain the agricultural history of the municipality, council provided management, funding and staff. The City of Casey took on the management of Myuna Farm when the councils merged in 1994.
- Myuna Farm developed at a fast rate, winning the Sidney Myer Foundation prestigious award grant of $100,000 for long term unemployed job creation scheme. Myuna Farm also facilitated many ‘Skillshare’ training courses including a six month course for Koori arts and craft. These projects not only provided valuable outcomes to participants but helped bring about the development of much needed infrastructure.
- The construction of the wetlands was funded by Land Care and the Council’s environment program. It provided work training for long term unemployed youth from City of Casey.
- A passive leisure program for visitors with emphasis on birthday celebrations has been established.
- Myuna Farm staff have continually developed and improved excellent education programs for primary through to secondary school aged students. The main focus of the most popular programs is on agriculture and the hands on animal experience.
- With the turn of the century Myuna Farm has embraced the needs of the environment and conservation by installing infrastructure and introducing environmentally focussed education programs. The education programs include student peer teaching about sustainability issues that are relevant to Myuna Farm and the local area.
- Myuna Farm’s aim to be The City Farm is still demonstrated through the many levels of service provided to the community, with current examples including riding for the disabled, community gardens, Dandenong Learning Centre, Doveton Show Day and many more.